Akrobatik

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Akrobatik
Akrobatik in Copenhagen.jpg
Akrobatik performing live in Denmark in 2009.
Background information
Birth name Jared Bridgeman
Origin Dorchester, Massachusetts, United States
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper
Years active 1998–present
Labels Detonator Records, Rawkus Records, Fat Beats Records, Coup D'etat, Playaktion Recordings
Associated acts The Perceptionists, Mr. Lif

Jared Bridgeman,[1] better known by his stage name Akrobatik, is an American rapper from the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts.[2] He is also a part of the hip hop collective named The Perceptionists with Mr. Lif and DJ Fakts One, which released Black Dialogue in 2005.[2][3]

Career[edit]

In 1998, Akrobatik released his first single, "Ruff Enough", on Boston's Detonator Records label. It was followed by "Internet MCs" and "Say Yes Say Word".[2]

His music has appeared on television series such as HBO's The Wire and ESPN's Playmakers, in films such as Date Movie and Wholetrain, and in video games such as NBA Live '06, Amplitude, Frequency, and Need for Speed: Most Wanted.[4]

In 2003, Akrobatik released an album, Balance, on Coup D'état.[5] It ranked at number 4 on CMJ's "Hip-Hop 2003" chart.[6]

In December 2005, Akrobatik signed to Fat Beats Records.[7] The Brooklyn-based label released his second studio album, Absolute Value, in 2008.[8] It received positive reviews from AllMusic,[9] HipHopDX,[10] Okayplayer,[11] and PopMatters.[12]

In 2011, Akrobatik suffered a ruptured heart valve and was rushed to Massachusetts General Hospital, where he underwent an emergency valve replacement surgery.[13] In 2014, he released an album, Built to Last, which was listed by Spin as one of the 40 best hip-hop albums of the year.[14]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Compilation albums[edit]

  • Detonator Records Vol.1 Compilation (2002) (with C-Rayz Walz, Breez Evahflowin', and Snacky Chan)
  • The Lost Adats (2003)
  • Essential Akrobatik, Vol. 1 (2007)

EPs[edit]

  • The EP (2002)

Singles[edit]

  • "Ruff Enuff" b/w "Woman" (1998)
  • "Say Yes Say Word" (1999)
  • "Internet MCs" (2000)
  • "U Got It" (2001)
  • ”Hypocrite" b/w "Strictly for the DJ's" (2002)
  • "Remind My Soul" (2003)
  • "A to the K" b/w "Beast Mode" (2006)
  • "Put Ya Stamp on It" (2008)
  • "Alive" (2012)
  • "Adapt and Prosper" (2017)
  • "Verbal Assault" (2017) (with Edo G and King T)

Guests appearances[edit]

  • Mr. Lif - "Avengers" from Enter the Colossus (2000)
  • 7L & Esoteric - "State of the Art" from The Soul Purpose (2001)
  • Mr. Lif - "Intro (Missing Person's File)" from Emergency Rations (2002)
  • Mr. Lif - "Post Mortem" from I Phantom (2002)
  • Push Button Objects - "Fly" from Ghetto Blaster (2003)
  • Raw Produce - "Rick Cerrone" from The Feeling of Now (2004)
  • Mr. Lif - "Mo' Mega" from Mo' Mega (2006)
  • The Mighty Underdogs - "Escape" from Droppin' Science Fiction (2008)
  • Effect - "Crush the Competition" from Fine Tuned Tantrum (2008)
  • Fabio Musta - "I Still Want More" from Passport (2009)
  • Virtuoso - "No Fear" from The Final Conflict (2011)
  • Mister Jason - "Mister Jason Has a Posse" (2011)
  • Snowgoons - "The Real Talk" from Black Snow 2 (2013)
  • DJ Nefarious - "Classic Mindset" from Classic Mindset (2014)
  • Golden Brown Sound - "Fight" from Great Man Theory (2014)
  • N.B.S. - "We on That" from Budavets (2014)
  • Thoughtsarizen - "Trippin (Kelly Dean Remix)" from Traveling Dragon Man (2015)
  • Reks - "Plane Gang" from The Greatest X (2016)
  • Ripshop & Reel Drama - "Real as They Come" from Regime Change (2016)
  • L'Orange & Mr. Lif - "The Scribe" and "Strange Technology" from The Life & Death of Scenery (2016)
  • The Funk Junkie - "Touch the Ground" from Moondirt (2017)
  • Ben Shorr - "Over The Bullshit" from Pyrokinesis (2017)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kergan, Wade. "Akrobatik - Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved July 9, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c Rausch, Andrew J. (2011). I Am Hip-Hop: Conversations on the Music and Culture. Scarecrow Press. pp. 11–18. 
  3. ^ Eustice, Kyle (May 30, 2017). "Is New Music From Mr. Lif & Akrobatik Of The Perceptionists On The Way?". HipHopDX. Retrieved July 9, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Akrobatik - Biography". Britishhiphop.co.uk. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. 
  5. ^ Shepherd, Julianne (May 15, 2003). "Akrobatik: Balance". Pitchfork. Retrieved July 9, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Hip-Hop 2003 (Covering 1/7/2003 to 12/9/2003)". CMJ New Music Report: 20. December 29, 2003. 
  7. ^ "CMJ News Story". CMJ. 
  8. ^ Faraone, Chris (June 8, 2011). "Akrobatik: Down But Not Out". The Phoenix. 
  9. ^ Brown, Marisa. "Absolute Value - Akrobatik". AllMusic. Retrieved July 9, 2017. 
  10. ^ J-23 (February 20, 2008). "Absolute Value - Akrobatik". HipHopDX. Retrieved July 9, 2017. 
  11. ^ Lynn, Ginger (February 27, 2008). "Akrobatik". Okayplayer. Retrieved July 9, 2017. 
  12. ^ Martin, Andrew (March 2, 2008). "Akrobatik: Absolute Value". PopMatters. Retrieved July 9, 2017. 
  13. ^ Caballero, Martín (June 10, 2011). "Feeling the beat: Local rap community rallies around Akrobatik after his heart scare". The Boston Globe. Retrieved July 29, 2017. 
  14. ^ Gubbels, Jason (December 12, 2014). "Akrobatik, Built To Last (Self-Released)". Spin. Retrieved July 9, 2017. 

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